Irish Social and Political Attitudes

Edited by John Garry, Niamh Hardiman, and Diane Payne

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ISBN: 9780853239093

Publication: June 1, 2006

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Forty years ago, Ireland’s emergence as a major force within the European Union could hardly have been imagined. How could the country James Joyce once described as ‘an old sow that eats her farrow’ transform into a technologically savvy playground for the young and wealthy? Drawing on the findings of a wide-ranging survey conducted in 2002, Irish Social and Political Attitudes analyses the societal changes that have resulted from the unprecedented economic expansion of the 1990s. The first four chapters examine new shifts in social attitudes, including an emerging environmental awareness among the Irish people and a growing acceptance of varying gender roles. The last three chapters offer a comprehensive analysis of these social changes as they affect Ireland’s political landscape.

List of Tables List of Figures Contributors Introduction John Garry and Diane Payne 1 Changing Attitudes towards Minorities in Ireland Michael O’Connell and Nessa Winston 2 Evolving Environmental Concern in Ireland: Is Sustainable Development Taking Root? Brian Motherway and Mary Kelly 3 Changing Gender Roles in Intimate Relationships Betty Hilliard 4 Understanding Irish Attitudes to Poverty and Wealth Niamh Hardiman, Tony McCashin and Diane Payne 5 Political Alienation John Garry 6 Irish Social and Political Cleavages Fiachra Kennedy and Richard Sinnott 7 Stability and Change in the Structure of Electoral Competition, 1989-2002 Michael Marsh Conclusion Niamh Hardiman

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

320 Pages

ISBN: 9780853239093

Publication: June 1, 2006

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